Sunday 18 August 2019

Paris Terror Attack: Frenchman arrested at Gatwick Airport on suspicion of carrying 'firearm'

Gatwick Airport's North Terminal Credit: Gatwick Airport
Gatwick Airport's North Terminal Credit: Gatwick Airport

David Kearns

British police have arrested a Frenchman after what “appeared to be a firearm” was discovered in his bag at Gatwick Airport.

The airport’s North Terminal has been reopened after it was evacuated this morning as a precautionary measure when the ‘suspicious’ item was found.

The man (41) was allegedly seen disposing of the item when he was spotted to be acting suspiciously by staff shortly before 9:30 am.

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Witnesses said armed police were seen arresting a man, who is believed to have a gun in his bag.

According to BBC News, the airport's North terminal was evacuated and flights cancelled earlier following a security alert.

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“The man is being interviewed as we try to determine the circumstances of the incident, but at this time it is too early to say what his intentions, if any, were,” said Nick May Detective Superintendent for Surrey Police.

“However, given the events in Paris on Friday evening, there is heightened awareness around any such incident and it is best that we treat the matter in all seriousness."

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He continued: "Personal items and what appears to be a firearm were recovered and have been removed for forensic examination.

"However, the viability of the weapon has yet to be established."

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